Remembering Dr. Gary McCoy

The Institute for Worship Studies is sad to announce and mourn the passing of alumnus Gary McCoy, a beloved member of the DWS Zeta class, who graduated in 2006. He served his entire ministerial career within the Southern Baptist tradition as an educator in theological schools both in Korea and at the Gateway Seminary in Ontario, California, where he became Senior Professor of Worship and Church Music.

In retirement, Gary relocated to St. Augustine, Florida, and was able to connect with IWS in person on many occasions. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Nell, and their three children and grandchildren.

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade—kept in heaven for you… (I Peter 1:3-4).

There will be a Memorial Service at Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church on May 30, 2024 at 2 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship global missions; donations may be given through Hendricks Avenue Baptist Church. 

About the author

The Rev. Dr. Constance Cherry is Acting President of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, Professor Emeritus of Worship and Pastoral Ministry, and Affiliate Professor at Wesley Seminary, Indiana Wesleyan University. She is also a founding faculty member of The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, teaching DWS 702 every term since 2000.